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New York Mets player predictions for the 2019 MLB season

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 23: Hector Santiago #53 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Oakland Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field on June 23, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Athletics defeated the White Sox 7-6. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Hector Santiago

The Mets added veteran lefty Hector Santiago this winter as a possible depth piece for the rotation and/or bullpen. What does he have left to offer this ball club?

Hopefully, he can give the staff a run for its money in the spring. He’s certainly an upgrade on paper over some other guys who have made appearances in the past few years. – Kevin Strauss

Hector Santiago will fill in surprisingly well in spot starter role after not breaking camp with the team out of Spring Training. – Jason Dye

I do see a point this year when one of the starters struggles and we want to see Hector Santiago take over in the rotation. If it happens, I don’t expect prolonged magic. He’ll give the Mets a few good outings, but with it will come an ERA near 4.50. – Tim Boyle

I think Hector Santiago will not pan out to do much at the MLB level in 2019. His fastball is flat and he throws it too much over the fat part of the plate. I think he may get a chance to be the lefty specialist for a few games but get tagged and spend the majority of 2019 at the Triple-A level or get released. I like Luis Avilan to take over the lefty relief role, for at least a little while, out of the Mets bullpen.  – Steve Malik

Santiago will make a significant amount of appearances both as a starter and a left-handed reliever. He’ll use his screwball heavily in an attempt to revive his career. – Nick Scheurer

The Mets need a reliable lefty reliever. However, Santiago isn’t a lock to make the major league team. – Allen Settle

Santiago either will start the year in the minors and offer depth in the bullpen. Daniel Zamora and Luis Avilan will make the team as left-handed relievers. – Mark Sales

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